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Sony unveils its Xperia Z4 smartphone, for Japan only right now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 8:38 am

We've known about the Xperia Z4 for quite a while now, but Sony has finally made it official. The Japanese electronics giant has made its latest flagship smartphone available exclusively to Japan right now, with no announcement of it jumping across the pond just yet.

 

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The Xperia Z4 features a 6.9mm thick, 144g metal body which is very similar to the previous handsets. We have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, 2930mAh battery, a 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.0 Lollipop. To top it off, Sony has provided its excellent water- and dust-resistance goodness to its latest flagship handset.

 

The biggest downside to the Xperia Z4 is that we don't have an announcement of its launch anywhere other than Japan. Once iet launches in Japan over the summer, Sony will provide it in white, black, copper, and "aqua green".

AMD reveals Microsoft will most likely launch Windows 10 in July

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 7:27 am

Microsoft has previously announced that Windows 10 would launch in the summer, but according to AMD, we could see it launched as soon as July. The news is coming from a slip during their recent conference call, that Windows 10 would launch in July.

 

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AMD's CEO, Lisa Su, said during the conference call: "What we also are factoring in is, with the Windows 10 launch at the end of July, we are watching the impact of that on the back-to-school season, and expect that it might have a bit of a delay to the normal back-to-school season inventory buildup".

 

If that's the case, we should expect two things: first, Microsoft will most likely make a very big push of Windows 10-powered devices during Computex in early June, and secondly; AMD will unveil its next-gen Radeon 300 series at the same time. This is just speculation, but AMD did say it would launch its new GPU sometime in Q2 2015, and the Q2 window is quickly running out.

3 out of 4 PC gamers own an NVIDIA GeForce GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: TweakTown | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 6:53 am

NVIDIA has been enjoying some great times since it launched its Maxwell architecture last year, but the domination of Team Green has been going on for a while, especially when you look at a graph from the Beyond3D forums.

 

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The graph shows all of the GPU launches from Q3 2003, right up to Q4 2014. This includes the good old days of ATI with its Radeon X850 Pro/XT cards back in the first quarter of 2005, where AMD had 50.5% of the GPU market. Things really started diving down with the change to the HD 2000 series name change, where at the launch of the Radeon HD 2900 PRO, AMD had just 34.5% of the market.

 

Things hit another drop with the launch of NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 295, GTX 285 and GTX 275, where AMD reached just 31%. But, with the launch of the very impressive Radeon HD 5000 series (including the HD 5850 and HD 5870, which at the time were beasts of VGA cards), AMD bounced back right up to 43.8%, but it didn't last long. They dropped down to 34.7% in Q1 2010, but bounced right back up to 44.5% in Q2 2010. It has stayed at around 38-40% of the GPU market share until recently, where in Q3 2014 (right at the time of the Maxwell launch from NVIDIA), AMD dropped from 37.9% in Q2 2014, to 28.4% in Q3 2014, and to just 24% in Q4 2014.

 

This isn't doom and gloom for AMD, and we're not saying that at all. This is a chart that shows the discrete GPU market only, and not everything else that AMD is involved in. Personally, I think the big swing around was with consoles, where AMD pushed to have its APUs in all of the next generation consoles (the Nintendo Wii U, Microsoft's Xbox One and Sony's PlayStation 4). It should've been investing heavily into GPU development for the PC, and we've seen no release of a new architecture from AMD since the release of the Radeon 200 series since Q4 2013 - some 18 months ago.

 

NVIDIA is left securing a massive 76% of the market, sucking up 14% of that from AMD in just six months. With AMD on the verge of releasing its new Radeon 300 series, there's no better time than now for AMD to try and scoop back a chunk of those consumers in the next two quarters, where we should hopefully see AMD back to around 35-38% of the GPU market by Q1 2016.

See 'Batman vs Robin' in our DC Universe Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 6:26 am

To celebrate this week's release of the gritty animated battle 'Batman VS Robin' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.

 

The shadows of Gotham City are no place for a child but Damian Wayne (Stuart Allen) is no ordinary child. Now bearing the mantle of Robin, he blazes a headstrong and sometimes reckless trail alongside his father, Batman (Jason O'Mara). While investigating a crime scene, Robin encounters a mysterious figure, Talon (Jeremy Sisto), who leads him on a life-altering course through the depths of Gotham's secret society, known as The Court of Owls. It's a dangerous journey that will force Batman and Robin to face their most dangerous adversary: each other. Witness the epic battle that will shape a destiny and forge the future of Robin forever.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Cyber officials concerned of limited US network defense

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 5:52 am

US lawmakers and military officials are worried that their cyber abilities are still not advanced enough, especially in regards to cybersecurity, and want to increase efforts to recruit cyber warriors. The top Pentagon cyber official, Eric Rosenbach, confirmed he is concerned that the Cyber Command doesn't have a strong command and control platform that can launch strong offensive cyber weapons.

 

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"Today I think we are, we could be, an easy target," said Air Force Lt. Gen. James McLaughlin, deputy commander of the US Cyber Command, in a recent statement to Capitol Hill.

 

The US military wants to create a group of 6,200 'cyber warriors' by the end of next year, working in 133 operational teams. Along with increasing manpower, US military leaders want to invest in new hardware and software that will give it an advantage against foreign governments.

Crytek producer says their E3 demo "will be really good"

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 5:50 am

E3 2015 isn't too far away, taking place in June, but Crytek is already teasing that it will having something "really good" to show off at the gaming expo.

 

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Crytek producer Fatih Özbayram has said on Twitter: "Our E3 demo will be really good, I promise!". He added: "Can't make any further comments on this atm, but... people will like it". If we had to guess, we could see the latest iteration of CryEngine shown off, or a continuation of its impressive Back to Dinosaur Island demo that displays CryEngine's chops in VR.

Take home 'Horrible Bosses 2' in our Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 1:25 am

To celebrate this week's release of the hilarious animated sequel 'Horrible Bosses 2' on Blu-ray HD, DVD and Digital, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to ten lucky readers.

 

New Crime... Same Tools. The follow-up to the 2011 hit comedy Horrible Bosses reunites Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis as everyone's favorite working stiffs: Nick, Dale and Kurt. Fed up with answering to higher-ups, Nick, Kurt and Dale decide to become their own bosses and launch their own business. Soon, though, a slick investor (Waltz) pulls the rug out from under them. Outplayed and desperate, and with no legal recourse, the three would-be entrepreneurs hatch a misguided plan to kidnap the investor's adult son (Pine) and ransom him to regain control of their company.

 

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To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:

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'Fantastic 4' film reboot takes shape in new trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 20, 2015 1:07 am

Joining a busy summer blockbuster season is a reboot for Marvel and Stan Lee's 'Fantastic Four', which comes just 8 years on from the release of the last film which starred a pre-'Captain America' Chris Evans, Jessica Alba and Ioan Gruffudd. Twentieth Century Fox has now moved to completely reset the franchise, under the watch of 'Chronicle' director Josh Trank.

 

 

Even with a huge budget and the full backing of the studio keen to hold onto rare, non-Disney owned Marvel licenses, many fans are slightly on edge at the film's prospects under such a young director, but grow a little more confident with each new trailer. The latest reveals fan-favourite villain Doctor Doom as a leading adversary.

 

'Fantastic Four' hits screens worldwide in August in 2D and 3D.

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Thermaltake Australia flies down modder for watercooling series

By: Chris Smith | More News: Modding | Posted: Apr 19, 2015 11:07 pm

Due to observation through social media, we've observed that Thermaltake Australia has flown down Stuart Tonks from Queensland to their Australian office in Victoria, Australia in order to produce a watercooling web series and PC build.

 

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We've covered a few of Tonks' builds before, including this monster Coolermaster HAF Stacker and a previous Thermaltake Core X9 build and he has also been selected by Thermaltake to represent Australia in their modding competition.

 

Looking into their media manager Jonathan Newton's Instagram, a post was made of an energy drink with the caption "my morning companion. Picking up a special guest for #thermaltake from Melbourne airport to help film a #webseries about #liquidcooling for PC's. Stay tuned people :) #pcmods #pcmodding #lcs."

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